Finca Adalgisa

Chacras de Coria, Mendoza, Argentina Book from Book from £140 per night

A winery and boutique B&B, set among tranquil gardens within easy distance of Mendoza's top vineyards - a friendly base for the Ruta del Vino
Full of rustic charm and homely warmth, Finca Adalgisa is a microcosm of rural Argentina. Set just outside the pretty bistro- and the boutique-filled town of Chacras de Coria, 15km from Mendoza, this two-hectare vineyard has been owned by the same Italian-Argentine family for a century. Third-generation Gabriela decided to open up the family home to guests in 2001 and it's flourished ever since: the stone buildings house cosy rooms, the garden has a beautiful array of fruit trees and a sparkling pool, the asados (barbecues) cooked on-site are legendary, and the bodega produces a delicious Malbec that's only available to guests.

But the best thing about Finca Adalgisa is its ambiance: relaxing, peaceful and welcoming. You can explore Mendoza’s vineyards at a leisurely pace, and in between you'll eat and sleep well. Gabriela and her staff are a delight; you’re greeted on your first night with a cheese platter and a bottle of the bodega's own and asked to treat the place as a home. Curl up on a sofa with a book, take a stroll with the family dogs or cycle through the countryside soaking up the view of the Andes beyond. From 6pm it’s wine-tasting time, when guests gather in the salon for fruity Malbec and local tapas - a perfect end to the day.

Highs

  • There are lots of lovely touches: fruit and lemonade brought to you at the pool and a bottle of wine as a welcome on your first evening
  • The friendly staff can arrange winery tours, on-site cookery lessons, hiking, biking, rafting, riding and even tango shows
  • The wonderful bodega, with huge white sofas and a log fire, is open every evening
  • There's greenery everywhere: step outside to admire the vineyards and palms, while inside you'll find potted plants dotted around the house and old walnut trees growing through rooms
  • The breakfast is excellent, the homemade tapas is divine and the asados are true meat feasts

Lows

  • It's not cheap and the rooms are simple, though attractive
  • There's no formal restaurant, but tapas and light meals are available and there are regular barbecues
  • Local dogs bark in symphony at night; bring your earplugs
  • There are no TVs or music systems - but then you've come here to enjoy the countryside

Best time to go

The Argentine spring, summer and autumn (October to May) bring lovely clear weather and are the best times to visit the region. Vendimia (the harvest festival) is one of Mendoza's highlights and normally takes place in March. Finca Adalgisa is closed during the winter months of June and July.

Our top tips

If you're booking a suite ask for the one with a private terrace. There's nothing better than lounging outside in the evening with a glass of wine while watching the sun set behind the Andes in the distance.

Great for...

Eco
Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 11
  • Breakfast + light meals on request
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

The rooms and suites are spread between the Old House (the original finca) and the Stone House (built more recently). The rooms in the Old House have more rustic charm but are a little worn in places; those in the Stone House are (we think) of a higher standard and have views over the vineyard.

The décor throughout all rooms is simple but homely. Much of the furniture is antique and there's a sprinkling of finca objets (spurs and lassos), along with tapestries and black and white photographs charting the estate’s history. Beds are queen- or kingsize, made up with colourful bedspreads and adorned with crocheted white cushions. Bright rugs add warmth to the polished wooden floors. Bathrooms are simple but clean and comfortable, with a shower and/or tub.

The Standard Rooms are a decent size (25-30 sq.m) but the Suites have the added advantage of a kitchenette (you’re free to bring your own food and wine with you) and a living/dining area. A couple also have a terrace. All rooms have air conditioning, WiFi, a minibar (in which mineral water is regularly replenished, free of charge) and a safe.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchenette
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is a cracker: fresh juices and fruit, breads and pastries, homemade jams and hot dishes cooked to order (we enjoyed tasty scrambled eggs with crispy pancetta). It's dished up in the Old House, and if the weather's good you can eat outside on the patio.

You'll probably be out and about for lunch, but if you're just relaxing at the finca you can always request a salad or soup, or buy some bread and cheese in the town and eat it in the garden. The Suites have kitchenettes, but they're pretty small; don't expect facilities to cook a proper meal.

From 6pm guests gather in the bodega to enjoy the estate’s Malbec wine. It's a wonderfully cosy space with blazing log fires, plush white sofas, a cane roof and a twisted walnut tree growing through the middle of the room. Tapas is laid on to accompany this (we had tangy goat's cheese, spicy salami and sweet dried fruit) and on your first night this is complimentary. If you return on subsequent nights there's a small charge, but it’s certainly worth it.

The Finca is also renowned for its delectable asados (barbecues) served on selected weeknights. If you plan to join, make sure you have a light lunch - these feasts are mega! Think proper Argentine steaks, juicy local sausages and homemade salads.

On other nights, you'll probably want to wander into Chacras de Coria for dinner. There are a few good restaurants here; our favourite was Patio de Jesús Maria, a wonderful parilla (traditional steakhouse) on the main road into the town which is very popular with the well-to-do locals. Further afield, Francis Mallman's 1884 restaurant has a fantastic reputation; try the baby goat or salted chicken, which are both renowned in the area. If you don't want to drive, reception can organise a taxi.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Kitchenette
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Head off on a winery tour. You're 18km from Mendoza and 10-15km from some of the area’s best vineyards in Luján de Cuyo and Maipú. The hotel can organise a driver for the day, leaving you free to indulge in tastings.
  • Borrow a bicycle and explore the countryside. Beware on the roads though; local drivers are less than cautious.
  • Stroll into Chacras de Coria (a pretty little town home to many of Mendoza’s wealthy) to visit its little church, check out the Sunday market held in the square and browse the upscale boutiques.
  • Go hiking in the Andes, white water rafting down the Mendoza River or horse riding in the valleys (staff can arrange).
  • Join one of the finca’s cookery classes (book in advance). You’ll learn how to make Argentine classics such as empanadas and barbecued steaks using the outdoor clay oven, then sit down to taste your culinary delights. Olive oil tastings (produced on-site) are also on offer.
  • Take an art class or language lessons.
  • Visit the thermal baths of Cacheuta, where Argentines have come to wallow in natural hot springs since the early 20th century.
  • Stretch out in the sun, cool off in the pool or snooze in the shade. In cooler months, you can curl up in front of a roaring fire and read a book - the friendly family cat will probably join you.
  • Go and see a tango performance at Almacen de Tango in Mendoza. It’s highly recommended.

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Language courses
  • Museums / galleries
  • Rafting
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome and the kitchenettes in the suites can come in handy for families. Extra beds, cots and babysitting are available on request.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Kitchenettes and extra beds are available in the Suites, some have bathtubs and a private terrace.

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Distances:

  • Airport: 30 minutes
  • Shops: 5 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Location

Finca Adalgisa is set just outside the small town of Chacras de Coria, 18km from Mendoza in Argentina.

By Air:
Mendoza (30km away) is the nearest airport. It has regular flights from Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires (the flight time is about 2 hours). Bear in mind that if you're arriving in Buenos Aires from abroad you'll fly into Ezeiza International Airport and will need to take a taxi or a shuttle bus to Jorge Newbery for your internal flight. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport:
The finca can arrange a transfer, or you can hop in a taxi.

By Car:
It might be worth hiring a car for your stay - see our car rental recommendations - though the finca can arrange taxis and cars with drivers if you want to head off on winery tours.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to Argentina and getting around

Airports:

  • Mendoza 30.0 km MDZ

Other:

  • Beach 350.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

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